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The Latest H&S Prosecutions In Manufacturing

Eliza Bonecka

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Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how in January 2018, an employee was using emery cloth to hand-polish a workpiece, as it was being rotated on a Colchester Mascot 1600 manual lathe at the site in Woodbridge, Suffolk. The employee was wearing gloves when he got caught on the rotating chuck, causing his arm to be pulled into the machine. As a result, his arm became fractured in four places...

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SOUTHALLS COMMENT:

This case highlights the importance of ensuring risk assessments are provided for machinery in the workplace. We always recommend staff are consulted when drafting risk assessments to ensure the activities they undertake such as the use of emery cloths are identified and adequate controls are implemented. Retrofitting of lathes with emergency stops can be undertaken on most machinery and should be considered as part of a risk assessment.

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On 28 September 2018, Amy Howe, an employee of Stephenson Gobin Limited, was working at the company’s Bishop Auckland site. She was working on an adapted three spindle drill, used to manufacture parts for brake motors, when her gloved hand became entangled in the unguarded rotating spindle...

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SOUTHALLS COMMENT:

This horrible incident appears to have been caused by the employee coming into contact with moving parts on the unguarded spindle. The use of gloves should be carefully considered when operating machinery due to the risk of entanglement and being drawn into the machine.

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Employers should consider guarding, including retrofitting guards, highlighting danger areas with painted surfaces and where required the use of safe systems of work when assessing the hazards from machinery.

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Robert Harvey, sole Director and employee of Front Row Builders Ltd, has been sentenced after employee Nicholas Hall was crushed to death by an excavator bucket, which Harvey was operating...

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SOUTHALLS COMMENT:

This horrific incident appears highlights the importance of ensuring adequate training is provided and safe systems of work are communicated to employees.  Employers are required to provide adequate training, instruction and supervision to enable staff to undertake their duties safely. Safety Cloud allows employers to keep a log of training and they are promted when this is due to be reviewed.

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Training records and safe systems of work should be recorded and reviewed regularly with any changes communicated to staff to ensure they are always aware of the current control measures in place.

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Leicester Magistrates’ Court was told the worker and four of his colleagues were replacing a new stem on an aluminium extrusion machine using a chain mesh sling during a late shift in May last year...

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SOUTHALLS COMMENT:

This incident highlights the importance of ensuring you regularly review the risk assessments and safe systems of work at your place of work to ensure they are up to date. We would always recommend you engage your employees in the risk assessment process to help identify any areas where you may have gaps in your risk assessments etc. Safety Cloud provides a prompt to remind you when risk assessments are due to be reviewed and provides all employees with access to the health and safety documentation relevant to them.

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